Review: Shark Rocket Powerhead

Shark Rocket Powerhead review by Underground Crafter | If you're looking for a lightweight but powerful vacuum that knows how to deal with pet hair, check out the Shark Rocket Powerhead (Model AH452)!Last year, I spoke at BlogHer’15, a jumbo sized blogging conference. One of the many awesome parts of the BlogHer was visiting the exhibitors and seeing new products.



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Shark Rocket Powerhead review by Underground Crafter | If you're looking for a lightweight but powerful vacuum that knows how to deal with pet hair, check out the Shark Rocket Powerhead (Model AH452)!Although I’m not much of a housekeeper, I was immediately drawn to the demonstration of the Shark Rocket Powerhead (Model AH452). Bob, the gentleman at the Shark booth, was using it to vacuum up cat hair.

Well, with two black cats, I was definitely interested.

Shark Rocket Powerhead review by Underground Crafter | If you're looking for a lightweight but powerful vacuum that knows how to deal with pet hair, check out the Shark Rocket Powerhead (Model AH452)!I asked if I could try the Shark at home and it arrived earlier this year. Since MC is the main vacuumer in our household, he inspected it as I took it out of the box. He expressed some reservations about the bagless, quick-release dust cup and the plastic parts.

Shark Rocket Powerhead review by Underground Crafter | If you're looking for a lightweight but powerful vacuum that knows how to deal with pet hair, check out the Shark Rocket Powerhead (Model AH452)!However, soon after the Shark came home, our other vacuum started to fade quickly. We’ve been relying on the Shark for the past few months and it is remarkably sturdy. The dust cup actually works and the plastic parts haven’t broken. It definitely does the job of vacuuming up all of the cat hair and litter box “crumbs” usually found on our “cat rug” (located between two litter pans and near a scratching post).


I like that it lights up while vacuuming so you don’t have to have overhead lights on to clean up a mess. I will mention that it definitely starts moving pretty quickly once you turn it on! I also like that it has a low front so it can fit underneath chairs, tables, and cabinets. Since it only weights 9 pounds, I can handle it easily and move it out of the way as needed. It has two brushrolls (one all surface and one hard floor brushroll) but we usually keep the all-surface on.

One disadvantage is that the Shark Rocket Powerhead doesn’t have all the attachments and hoses that MC likes to use. It’s really a vacuum for the floor – it’s not something where you can clear dust off a shelf. But it does a great job at what it’s built for, it’s affordably priced, it’s compact and easy to use, and it actually does pick up that pet hair. Though I haven’t quilted in a while, I think it would also do a great job on those little thready scraps that are left after a session of rotary cutting.

Full disclosure: A free review sample was provided by Alpaytac Marketing on behalf of SharkNinja. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

Knitter’s Pride Nova Cubics Platina Interchangeable Knitting Needles review

Knitter's Pride Nova Cubics Platina Interchangeable Knitting Needles review by Underground CrafterShortly after I first started knitting in 2010, I fell in love with metal circular needles. I found them so much easier to knit with than almost any other type of needle.



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But then, in 2013, I adopted these two cuties.

BondCappucchinoYou may remember that it wasn’t so cute when the one on the right bit me and punctured a finger on my right hand. (Spoiler alert: He’s finally settled in and is not a violent badness any more — just a regular bad putty.) After that, I found that metal needles were much less comfortable on my hands, and I tried a few things until I settled on bamboo and wood for straights and Knitter’s Pride Karbonz Interchangeables for circulars.

When I got a set of Knitter’s Pride Nova Cubics Platina Interchangeables to review through Stitchcraft Marketing, I decided to give metal needles a try again. And, I’m really glad that I did!

First, let me tell you the basic information about this set.

Knitter's Pride Nova Cubics Platina Interchangeable Knitting Needles review by Underground Crafter

  • The Nova Cubics Platina needles have a hollow brass pipe core that’s plated with chrome.
  • As the name suggests, they have a cubic shape with sharp, tapered tips.
  • The cords are smooth and easy to connect. They tighten firmly with the cord keys.
  • Each set includes
    • 7 pairs of needles in sizes US 6 (4 mm), US 7 (4.5 mm), US 8 (5 mm), US 9 (5.5 mm), US 10 (6 mm), US 10.5 (6.5 mm), and US 11 (8 mm),
    • 4 cords that form needles of 24″, 32″ (2), and 40″ when connected,
    • A set of cord connectors that can be used to extend the cord lengths (as in the picture below),
    • 8 end caps (so you can have 4 sets of “straight” needles from this set at at a time), and
    • 4 cord keys.
Knitter's Pride Nova Cubics Platina Interchangeable Knitting Needles review by Underground Crafter
The cord connectors (pictured at center) can be used to make a seriously long set of circular needles.

What I like about the Nova Cubics Platina set:

  • Even though the needles are chrome plated, the cubic shape makes them much easier on the hands than most metal needles. I found it easy to maintain a comfortable grip and get even tension.
  • The way the tips are tapered makes it easy to form stitches without having to rely on my finger pads so much. Unlike with other sharp-point metal needles, I didn’t feel like I needed a thimble when knitting since I never really needed to contact the point with my fingers.
  • At the same time, the sharp points made it easier for me to maneuver and execute even complex stitch patterns.
  • The case keeps everything organized so I haven’t lost any needles.
  • The cord key actually works to tighten the cords so they don’t unravel while I’m knitting.
Knitter's Pride Nova Cubics Platina Interchangeable Knitting Needles review by Underground Crafter
The cord key in action.

What might take some getting used to:

  • I’ve been using cubic needles for years, but knitters who are new to cubic needles make need some time to adjust to the shape.
  • Needle sizes are etched into each needle, but I wish the color was darker. It’s difficult to see the sizes in low light conditions.

Overall, I highly recommend the Knitter’s Pride Nova Cubics Platina Interchangeables to knitters who like metal needles, knitters who want to get a solid but affordable set of interchangeable needles, and knitters who like the precision of metal but have hand issues that would benefit from the ergonomic, cubic shape. If they aren’t available at your local yarn shop, you can buy the set on Amazon.

Full disclosure: A free review sample was provided by Stitchcraft Marketing on behalf of Knitter’s Pride. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

Free pattern: Pebble Stitch Hat

Pebble Stitch Hat, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Cloudborn uperwash Merino Worsted Twist #yarnIf you know me in real life, you know I love free stuff. I’m that person who picks up the free pens at the bank and tries the free samples at the grocery store. So, naturally, when Craftsy contacted me to see if they would try out a new yarn, I was all in.



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My love for free things doesn’t mean that I’m not critical. After all, I love free things because I like getting value, not because I want a lot of junk in my cramped New York apartment.

So, I was eager to test the waters when these two lovely skeins of Cloudborn Superwash Merino Worsted Twist showed up in the mail.

Pebble Stitch Hat, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Cloudborn uperwash Merino Worsted Twist #yarnCloudborn Superwash Merino Worsted Twist is one yarn in a line of exclusive Cloudborn Fiber yarns that Craftsy launched a few months ago.

I’m generally skeptical about ordering wool online since the texture and softness can vary so much, so I was thrilled to get my hands on the super soft Cloudborn Superwash Merino Worsted Twist. Now, softness isn’t everything in a yarn, so the next step was winding it up.

Pebble Stitch Hat, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Cloudborn uperwash Merino Worsted Twist #yarnIt wound up nice and smoothly, with no snags or knots in the skein. (The yarn cakes in the photo above look a bit wonky, but that has more to do with my cats discovering them before I took pictures!)

A good winding experience is all fine and good, but how does the yarn work up?

Pebble Stitch Hat, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Cloudborn uperwash Merino Worsted Twist #yarnI actually had a completely different idea for how I would use this yarn originally, and when I was about 75% done with the sample, another designer released a pattern that basically looked the same. While it’s nice to know that great minds think alike, I decided to go back to the drawing board.

This entire hat is made from yarn that was worked into another project, unraveled, and rewound. It still held it’s shape, didn’t split, and didn’t stretch. The yarn has great stitch definition, too, so it’s perfect for showing off a simple or complex stitch pattern.

My review of Cloudborn Superwash Merino Worsted Twist? It’s a lovely soft yarn available in 28 beautiful colors. It winds up beautifully and can survive some serious (wo)manhandling. It’s machine washable, so it’s great for gifts, and it also has great stitch definition. It is a bit on the thinner side of medium weight, so it has a gentle drape, too.

I’m also sharing a free crochet pattern today! I’ve mentioned before my love of the pebble stitch, which I used in the free Walking in the Sand Scarf pattern. It has a great texture and it’s also perfect for a unisex project that will delight men or women.

Pebble Stitch Hat, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Cloudborn uperwash Merino Worsted Twist #yarnI thought it would be perfect in the Cloudborn Superwash Merino Worsted Twist because the stitch pattern would really be visible. Enjoy!

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Pebble Stitch Hat

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50This reversible, slightly slouchy beanie is crocheted in turned rounds to enhance the textured stitch pattern.

Finished Sizes

  • Newborn (3-6 months, 6-12 months, toddler, 3-5 years, 6-10 years, teen/adult small). Photographed sample is teen/adult small.
    • Newborn: 11.5” (29 cm) hat circumference x 5” (13 cm) height.
    • 3-6 months: 15” (38 cm) hat circumference x 6.25” (16 cm) height.
    • 6-12 months: 16” (40.5 cm) hat circumference x 6.75” (17 cm) height.
    • Toddler: 17” (43 cm) hat circumference x 7” (18 cm) height.
    • 3-5 years: 18” (46 cm) hat circumference x 7.5” (19 cm) height.
    • 6-10 years: 19” (48 cm) hat circumference x 8” (20.5 cm) height.
    • Teen/adult small: 20” (51 cm) hat circumference x 8.75” (22 cm) height.

Materials

  • Cloudborn Superwash Merino Worsted Twist (100% superwash Merino wool, 3.5 oz/100 g, 221 yd/201 m) – 1 skein ea in Slate Heather (CC) and Sky Blue (MC), or approximately 170 yds (155.5 m) in MC and 82 yds (75 m) in CC in any medium weight yarn.
  • US H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 16 sts x 8.5 rows in dc = 4” (10 cm). For best fit, always check your gauge.

ILC 300x250b April 2016Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BPdc – back post dc – Yo, insert hook from back around front to back of st in previous row, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) twice. Skip st in front of BPdc.
  • CC – contrast color
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • FPdc – front post dc – Yo, insert hook from front around back to front of st in previous row, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) twice. Skip st behind FPdc.
  • invdec – invisible decrease – Insert hook in front loop only of each of next 2 sts, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops.
  • MC – main color
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Notes

Pattern Instructions

Hat

Ribbing

  • With CC, ch 47 (61, 65, 69, 73, 77, 81) or any multiple of 4 sts + 1.
  • Set Up Row: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch and ea ch across. Being careful not to twist, join with sl st to first sc and begin working in the round. – 46 (60, 64, 68, 72, 76, 80) sts
  • Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), dc in next st and ea st around, join with sl st to top of ch 3.
  • Rnd 2: *FPdc around next 2 sts, BPdc around next 2 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to first FPdc.
  • Rep Rnd 2 until ribbed brim measures approximately 1” (1.5”, 1.5”, 2”, 2”, 2”, 2”)/2.5 cm (4 cm, 4 cm, 5 cm, 5 cm, 5 cm, 5 cm). Join MC with sl st to first FPdc, fasten off CC.

Pebble Stitch pattern

  • Rnd 3: With MC, ch 1, sc in same st and ea st around, join with sl st to first sc.
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, starting in same st, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc.
  • Rnd 5: Turn, ch 1, starting in same st, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc.
  • Rep Rnd 5 until hat measures 2.75” (4”, 4.5”, 4.75”, 5.25”, 5.75”, 6.5”)/7 cm (10 cm, 11.5 cm, 12 cm, 13.5 cm, 14.5 cm, 16.5 cm)/, or approximately 2.25” (6 cm) shorter than desired height.
  • Continue to the decrease to crown instructions for your size.

Pebble Stitch Hat, free #crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Cloudborn uperwash Merino Worsted Twist #yarnDecrease to crown: Newborn size only

  • Rnd 6: Turn, ch 1, *(sc in next st, dc in next st) 5 times,** invdec; rep from * around to last 8 sts, rep from * to **, join with sl st to first sc. (43 sts)
  • Rnd 7: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) 2 times, dc in next st, invdec; rep from * around, to last st, dc in next st, join with sl st to first dc. (37 sts)
  • Rnd 8: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) 5 times, invdec; rep from * around to last st, sc in next st, join with sl st to first dc. (34 sts)
  • Rnd 9: Turn, ch 1, *invdec, (sc in next st, dc in next st) 4 times, sc in next st; rep from * around to last st, dc in next st, join with sl st to first invdec. (31 sts)
  • Rnd 10: Turn, ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around to last 3 sts, dc in next st, invdec, join with sl st to first dc. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 11: Turn, ch 1, *invdec, sc in next st, dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first invdec. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 12: Turn, ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 13: Turn, ch 1, *dc in next st, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 14: Do not turn, ch 1, invdec in ea st around, do not join. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 15: Do not turn, ch1, invdec in ea st around, do not join, fasten off with long yarn tail for seaming. (3 sts)
  • Continue to instructions for finishing.

Decrease to crown: 3-6 months (6-10 years, teen/adult small) sizes only

  • Rnd 6: 6-10 YEARS ONLY: Turn, ch 1, *(sc in next st, dc in next st) 8 times, invdec, dc; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (72 sts)
  • Rnd 6: 3-6 MONTHS (TEEN/ADULT SMALL) ONLY: Turn, ch 1, *(sc in next st, dc in next st) 4 times, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc. – 56 (72) sts
  • Rnd 7: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) 3 times, dc in next st, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. – 48 (64, 64) sts
  • Rnd 8: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) 3 times, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. – 42 (56, 56) sts
  • Rnd 9: Turn, ch 1, *invdec, (sc in next st, dc in next st) twice, sc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first invdec. – 36 (48, 48) sts
  • Rnd 10: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) twice, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. – 30 (40, 40) sts
  • Rnd 11: Turn, ch 1, *invdec, sc in next st, dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first invdec. – 24 (32, 32) sts
  • Rnd 12: Turn, ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. – 18 (24, 24) sts
  • Rnd 13: Turn, ch 1, *dc in next st, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. – 12 (16, 16) sts
  • Rnd 14: Do not turn, ch 1, invdec in ea st around, do not join. – 6 (8, 8) sts
  • Rnd 15: Do not turn, ch1, invdec in ea st around, do not join, fasten off with long yarn tail for seaming. – 3 (4, 4) sts
  • Continue to instructions for finishing.

Decrease to crown: 6-12 months (3-5 years) sizes only

  • Rnd 6: Turn, ch 1, *(sc in next st, dc in next st) 3 times, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc. – 56 (63) sts
  • Rnd 7: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) 2 times, dc in next st, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. – 49 (56) sts
  • Rnd 8: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) 2 times, dc in next st, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. – 42 (49) sts
  • Rnd 9: Turn, ch 1, *invdec, (sc in next st, dc in next st) twice, sc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first invdec. – 36 (42) sts
  • Rnd 10: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) twice, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. – 30 (36) sts
  • Rnd 11: Turn, ch 1, *invdec, (sc in next st, dc in next st) twice; rep from * around, join with sl st to first invdec. – 25 (30) sts
  • Rnd 12: Turn, ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st, dc in next st, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. – 20 (24) sts
  • Rnd 13: Turn, ch 1, invdec around, join with sl st to first dc. – 10 (12) sts
  • Rnd 14: Do not turn, ch 1, invdec in ea st around, do not join. – 5 (6) sts
  • Rnd 15: 6-12 MONTHS SIZE ONLY: Do not turn, ch1, invdec twice, sc in last st, do not join, fasten off with long yarn tail for seaming. (3 sts)
  • Rnd 15: 3-5 YEARS SIZE ONLY: Do not turn, ch1, invdec in ea st around, do not join, fasten off with long yarn tail for seaming. (4 sts)
  • Continue to instructions for finishing.

Decrease to crown: Toddler size only

  • Rnd 6: Turn, ch 1, *(sc in next st, dc in next st) 4 times,** invdec; rep from * around to last 8 sts, rep from * to **, join with sl st to first sc. (64 sts)
  • Rnd 7: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) 3 times, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. (56 sts)
  • Rnd 8: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) 3 times, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. (49 sts)
  • Rnd 9: Turn, ch 1, *invdec, (sc in next st, dc in next st) twice, sc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to first invdec. (42 sts)
  • Rnd 10: Turn, ch 1, *(dc in next st, sc in next st) twice, invdec; rep from * around, join with sl st to first dc. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 11: Turn, ch 1, *invdec, sc in next st, dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around to last st, dc in next st, join with sl st to first invdec. (29 sts)
  • Rnd 12: Turn, ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st, invdec; rep from * around to last st, dc in next st, join with sl st to first dc. (22 sts)
  • Rnd 13: Turn, ch 1, *dc in next st, invdec; rep from * around to last st, sc in next st, join with sl st to first dc. (15 sts)
  • Rnd 14: Do not turn, ch 1, invdec in ea st around to last st, sc in next st, do not join. (8 sts)
  • Rnd 15: Do not turn, ch1, invdec in ea st around, do not join, fasten off with long yarn tail for seaming. (4 sts)
  • Continue to instructions for finishing.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, whipstitch top of hat closed, sew edge of set up row closed, and weave in ends.
© 2016 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2016/03/12/free-pattern-pebble-stitch-hat/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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